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Chkdsk stuck at "verifying free space"

by George.G / July 19, 2006 3:33 PM PDT

Win XP Pro SP2..why does CHKDSK keep freezing when it gets to stage 5.(verifying free space) 0%.
Yes, Ive run all my hard drive diagnostic tools (Seagate) and no problems found! Thank's in advance for all help!


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There may be a clue
by eddie11013 / July 20, 2006 6:00 AM PDT

in Eventvwr.exe. Click start/run type eventvwr.exe hit enter or OK. Click on applications and look at winlog, I believe, click properties and then go to any 'help' it may provide. You can also check any 'warnings' that you see in any of the three classes.
A beginning,

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How large is the Drive and ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 20, 2006 10:42 AM PDT

how long are you giving it before deciding that it is "stuck"?

If there are any bad sectors on the disk (and very few have none) it can take a while (especially on a large disk).

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Yes! When I last Did It, Free Space was By Far the Slowest..
by tobeach / July 20, 2006 3:25 PM PDT

part & I also started wondering if stuck as it stayed on 0% for soooo long but then it jumped straight to 6% in one move. It proceeded normally (slow) from there forward.
I wonder if the process is also subject to the defrag problem when free space on disk gets low? Needs space to kick everything to free space temporarily to refile it back to normal space (can't do if too low).Hmmm ConfusedHappy

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This might help you...

with understanding it

Undoubtedly you will immediately note that it was not written for XP and doesn't mention Step 5 but that is only because stage 5 is simply a continuation of stage 4 and neither will happen unless the /r switch is used.

I offered that one because it is more informative than this one for XP (which does mention stage 5) and should be read BEFORE this one for more thorough understanding.

In short a large drive with mostly free space (unused) will take a long time in stage 5 as every sector is being tested and verified.

By the way, since I don't spend much time here, should you find someone who is having trouble running defrag in NT, Win2K, or XP point them to to download and run the CLI file and disk utility CONTIG. It does clearly indicate it is intended to be used for specific named files BUT it will work on an entire drive or partition rather quickly using wildcards and a recurse switch ( c:\>contig -s d:\*.* )

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Thanks V. Much for the Links & Info !! You're Right, I Miss
by tobeach / July 21, 2006 3:36 PM PDT
In reply to: This might help you...

seeing your posts here, as I always found them informative, useful & precise. Good to know you're keeping busy!

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Thank's guys!
by George.G / July 22, 2006 1:08 PM PDT

And thank-you Ed.
It's a Seagate (ST3120022A) 120 gig harddrive about 4 months old. And when I say stuck on #5 "verifying free space" I mean stuck for more than 12 hours before I shut it down! It never moves past 0%. Thanks again for your help.


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Did you ever get it to restart?
by Jim Rokes / July 26, 2006 1:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank's guys!

Hi, my computer (XP SP2) is also doing the same thing, it's been stuck at stage 5 for hours. Did you ever get past stage 5? What can I do to get windows to come up? i need help!

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by George.G / July 26, 2006 8:53 PM PDT


After days of fooling around with the CHKDSK problem, I finally found the culprit! I had updated my VIA Bus Master Ide Controller, when I rolled back the driver to the previous version (Microsoft) CHKDSK ran without a hitch! Go figure! Thanks to all for your replies and help!


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Go Figure
by Trance_Zac / July 27, 2006 1:08 AM PDT
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Imagine that, a Microsoft program that required Microsoft drivers to run.

I guess bigger isn't always better!

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by wawadave / July 28, 2006 2:04 AM PDT
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thx for letting us know what fixed it.

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chkdsk crash
by maflomag1 / December 23, 2011 2:18 PM PST
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How does that work, I have the same problem with a dell inspiron 1525 vista, help!!!

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You're posting to
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 23, 2011 8:56 PM PST
In reply to: chkdsk crash

a 2006 discussion.

Better to create your own thread and post full details of the problem.


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Chkdsk stuck at ''verifying free space''
by gsn2 / July 29, 2006 1:10 PM PDT

Hi George,

I Learned The Hard Way. I Use to run into the same Problem, and The Way I solved it Was By Running Diskeeper First. But I Run It In Boot Time First To Make Sure That My Paging Files Are Clean. Then I Run The Full DeFrag After. Then Run My Error Checking.

You Will Find That It Will Cut Down Your Error Checking Time By 40 percent.

I use:


Executive Software International, Inc.

Version: 8.0.478.0

They Have Newer Version's Out But I Like This One The best

Good Luck

Just So you Know, I let My Laptop Run (14) HOURS one time just to see how long it would take to get through Stage 5, and I had run Error Checking Just 3 Day Prior

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